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Selling a house can be a demanding and sometimes emotional process. Especially if you’re selling a property you and your family called home for many years. Or if you’ve invested a lot of money into it.

Property sales be a minefield. You need to make sure you fulfil certain legal obligations. Such as;

  • The redemption of your mortgage
  • Ensuring certain paperwork is in place, and
  • Addressing any queries resulting from searches or buyer enquiries

Whether you’re selling your home or other property privately or through an estate agent, the right solicitor will make the process as simple as possible.

What is the Process of Selling a Property?

We understand that you want to sell your property quickly and with as little hassle possible. Particularly if you want to focus on finding and moving into a new home. That’s why we’re here to support and guide you through every step.

Here’s what the process involves;

Instruct Us to Act on Your Behalf

When you instruct us, we’ll assign you a dedicated member of staff. They will take your instructions and ask you complete some initial paperwork.
This will include;

  • Mortgage redemption figures, and
  • Property information questionnaires


When you have sold your property we’ll send a contract and copies of the title to the property to whoever is acting for the buyer.

You’ll need to complete forms giving details about the property as well as a fixtures, fittings and contents form. If the buyer has any queries about the property their solicitor will pass on these enquiries to us to address.

Signing of Contracts

Once the buyer’s solicitor confirms they are ready to proceed with the transaction, we’ll arrange the signing of contracts. We’ll check redemption statements to ensure there is enough money to redeem your mortgage.

Exchange of Contracts

When you and the buyer have agreed on a completion date, we can exchange contracts. Any deposit paid at this time will be retained by us until the completion of the sale. Once contracts are exchanged, the completion date is legally binding for all parties.

Completion Statement

With the contracts exchanged, we’ll request a redemption statement from your lender. We’ll also get the estate agent’s account and work out how much money is due to you on completion.

Day of Completion

You’ll need to make sure your estate agent has a set of keys. Once we have received funds from the buyers solicitor, we can release the keys. We’ll keep in touch with you on the day and let you know when the funds arrive, when we release the keys. We’ll then send the proceeds of the sale to you.

Why Do I Need  a Solicitor When Selling a House?

Legally speaking, you don’t need a solicitor or conveyancer to sell your property. You could go through the conveyancing process yourself.
However, selling a property is a complicated process involving a lot of paperwork.

If you’re not qualified or have the experience to do your own conveyancing, it could lead to;

  • Substantial delays to the sale of your property
  • The complete collapse of the sale
  • Signification financial losses

Instead of hiring a solicitor, you could hire an independent, licensed conveyancer. But if the sale of a property is linked to other issues that need legal expertise like divorce or tax planning, you should use a solicitor.

Can I Use the Same Property Solicitor For Selling and Buying?

Of course you can.

In fact, if you’re selling a house and buying a new one, it’s recommended you use the same solicitor. This way, they can act on both sides of the sale to make sure the process goes well.

What Are Rotheras Solicitor Fees For Selling a Property?

Selling a house can stressful, even when things are going well. That’s why we’re up front about our conveyancing fees.

From the very start, we’ll provide you will all the costs involved, including;

  • Disbursements from third parties
  • Search fees, and
  • Stamp Duty

Freehold Sale or Purchase Fees

Our fees for a standard house purchase range from around£594 up to £3,000 including VAT. The simpler the transaction, the lower the fees.

Read More About Our Freehold Sale or Purchase Fees

Leasehold or Purchase Fees

Our fees for leasehold purchase range from around £780 to £2,500 including VAT. Again, the simpler the transaction, the lower the fees.

Read More About Our Leasehold Sale or Purchase Fees

Mortgage and Re-mortgage Fees

These range from £480 – £780 including VAT.

Read More About Our Mortgage and Re-Mortgage Fees

How Long Does is Take to Sell a Property?

On average, a property sale will take 6-12 weeks to sell a property. Although each transaction is different, so the length of time can vary depending on;

  • How long searches take to complete
  • Mortgage offers
  • Other parties in the chain, and
  • The complexity of the transaction

At Rotheras, we understand the importance of dealing with property transactions. After all, it’s your future family home. That’s why we always strive to complete your sale as quickly as possible.

Why Should I Use Rotheras When Selling a House?

Our property and conveyancing team is made up of experienced solicitors who deliver a reliable service. We make the process of selling your house as quick and as smooth as possible.

Once you’ve instructed our conveyancing team to take care of the sale of your house, we’ll assign you with a dedicated team member. They will look after the sale from the very beginning through to completion. We’ll give you their direct phone number and email address and we’re flexible about how we work with you. If you prefer face to face meetings, email or phone communication, we can help.

We speak in plain English and we’ll keep you up to date at each step of the transaction. If any issues arise, like a dispute for example, we’ll deal with it on your behalf, to get a quick resolution.

Our fees are transparent, competitive and laid upfront so you won’t be surprised later on.

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Posted 27/01/2020

Impressive group with expertise in both matrimonial finance cases and children matters. A strong childcare team handles cases involving physical and emotional abuse, as well as fatalities. Well versed in matters with international aspects, Hague Convention cases, as well as adoption and guardianship issues.

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Michelle Young

Michelle Young

Michelle Young is a residential property specialist and heads up the residential property team at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Jo Goddard

Johanna Goddard

Jo Goddard has over 20 years experience specialising in all aspects of residential conveyancing and regularly acts for clients on sales, purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity and is part of one of the largest conveyancing teams across the East Midlands.

Emily Weston

Emily Weston

Emily Weston is as a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Residential Conveyancing team and is based primarily at our Beeston office.

Joanna Merriman

Joanna Merriman

Joanna Merriman in Associate Solicitor in our Conveyancing department. Joanna is based at our Head Office in the Lace Market.

Lucy Pettitt

Lucy Pettitt

Lucy Pettitt has amassed over 12 years of experience in all aspects of Conveyancing.

Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown is a residential property specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Sally Cooper

Sally Cooper

Sally is our first point of contact for any new conveyancing enquiries that come in to the department and provides a bespoke quoting service for prospective clients, estate agents and other referrers of work.

Joanne Derbyshire

Joanne Derbyshire

Joanne Derbyshire is a Solicitor in Rotheras’ conveyancing department and is based at our Beeston office.

Hayley Drewry

Hayley Drewry

Hayley Drewry is a Solicitor in Rotheras’ Residential Conveyancing department and is based at our Lace Market office.

Kerry Redfern

Kerry Redfern

Kerry Redfern is a residential property specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.


Laura Smith

Laura Smith is a Licensed Conveyancer in the residential property department at Rotheras Solicitors and is based at our Lace Market Office.

Hollie Moore

Hollie Moore

Hollie Moore is a Senior Paralegal in the Conveyancing department.

Shelby Richardson

Shelby Richardson is a Senior Paralegal in Rotheras’ Conveyancing department and is based at our West Bridgford branch.

Ellie Robinson

Ellie Robinson is a Senior Paralegal in the residential conveyancing department at Rotheras and is based at our West Bridgford office.

Lucy Dixon

Lucy Dixon

Lucy Dixon is a Paralegal in Rotheras’ Conveyancing department and is based at our Beeston branch.

Vicki Ettles

Vicki Ettles

Vicki Ettles is a Paralegal in the residential conveyancing department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market office.

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Sophie Lydon

Sophie Lydon is a Paralegal in Rotheras’ Conveyancing department and is based at our Lace Market office in the heart of Nottingham city centre.

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Safina Metcalfe is a Paralegal based within our Residential Conveyancing department. Safina is based at our Head Office in the Lace Market.

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Grace Millward

Grace Millward is a Paralegal in Rotheras Residential Conveyancing department and is based at the Beeston office.

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